Topic: GAFA

Texas says Google collects ad commissions as high as 42%

Google’s monopoly over online advertising markets is demonstrated by its ability to charge commission rates that go up to 42% on some transactions, according to a Texas-led coalition of states.

25 October 2021

Australian judge grapples with US privacy order in Facebook antitrust case

An Australian judge has questioned if his order prohibiting Facebook from terminating or suspending access to its platforms to a third-party service provider is in conflict with a US Federal Trade Commission requirement governing Facebook’s approach to data privacy.

22 October 2021

Lobbyists flood Congress over tech antitrust bills

At least 35 companies and advocacy groups have lobbied Congress on legislation designed to limit platforms like Google, Amazon, Apple and Facebook from prioritising their own products and services, according to recent disclosure forms.

22 October 2021

Facebook uses rival’s settlement offer to undermine private enforcement claim in Australia

Facebook has told an Australian court that a settlement offer made by third party social media services provider Sked Social undermines claims that the platform misused its market power by terminating their relationship.

22 October 2021

Top House antitrust lawyer: Complainants prioritising principles over profits

Antitrust complainants are influenced more by a moral imperative to report misconduct than the threat of retaliation from digital companies whose services they rely upon, the House antitrust subcommittee’s top attorney has said.

21 October 2021

Facebook hit with record penalty for “major breach” of hold-separate order

The UK’s Competition and Markets Authority has fined Facebook £50.5 million for “deliberately” failing to provide the agency with information related to its £400 million acquisition of Giphy.

20 October 2021

Lawmakers say they may ask DOJ to criminally investigate Amazon

Five members of the House of Representatives’ antitrust subcommittee have said they are considering formally asking the Department of Justice to investigate whether certain Amazon employees lied during congressional testimony.

19 October 2021

Enforcers back calls for joint approach to competition and data protection issues

A senior official at the UK’s competition watchdog has said enforcers should collaborate more closely with privacy regulators when tackling antitrust and data protection issues, while highlighting his agency’s efforts to bridge this gap in its probe into Google’s sandbox.

15 October 2021

Senate to introduce tweaked non-discrimination bill focused on tech platforms

A bipartisan group of senators plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit a select group of tech platforms from preferencing their own products and services in a way deemed harmful to competition.

15 October 2021

Google seeks stay of Epic Games suit in Australia

Google has asked an Australian court to stay Epic Games’ claims that it is abusing its control over the Android operating system to harm competition for payments and app distribution, despite an appellate court denying a similar request by Apple.

13 October 2021

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